The original photo is from the 1954 Atomic Frontier Days Parade in Richland.
One can imagine what happened with this float. Someone was probably telling the designer and Franklin County officials that it wouldn’t work, that the lightning bolt needed support.
“No,” said the Franklin County officials, “it must stand erect without support.”
For whatever phallic reason.
Then the morning of the parade, as the car started and began to pull the float, the lightning bolt toppled and hit the Virgin Princess’ head.
Thus the ladder.
DDRS Record Details for Record Accession Number
Accession Number N1D0003086
Document Number 9010-NEG-1P
Alternate Document Number 9010-NEG
Title Description ATOMIC FRONTIER DAYS PARADE
Number of Pages 1
Document Date 07-Aug-1954
Public Availability Date 14-Feb-2002